Key to Reversing Underachievement
Underachievement is defined as a discrepancy between a child's school performance and some ability index such as an IQ score. It is a learned behavior that can be reversed over time.
Strategies for reversing underachievement:
- Underachievement is a complex web of behaviors that can be reversed by educators and parents who focus on the many strengths and talents of these students.
- Labeling a child as an "underachiever" disregards any positive outcomes or behaviors. It is better to label the behavior than the child.
- For example: "You have chosen not to turn in your homework" rather than "You are a poor student."
- Underachivement is tied to self-concept. Children who learn to see themselves in terms of failure eventually will lose their motivation to learn. For learning to continue, students must believe hard work is required and hard work will result in success.
- Establish values of honesty, trust, and truth with the child. Your role is to hel punderachievers reach their goals, not to punish or reward.
- Interventions should focus on the underachieving behaviors. Underachieving students need encouragemetn with emphases on effort.
- Help the child make concrete plans to solve the achievement problem. Ask him/her to devlop a long-term goal with corresponding short-term goals. Do not supply solutions of your own as taht only creates learned helplessness.
- Redefine success and failure. Success is following your plan and attaining short-term goals. Failure is represented as a learning experience with the focus of attention on learning, not punishment or guilt.
- Analyze specific decisions that led to success or failure. Establish clear likage of today's excuse with tomorrow's outcome. Help the underachiever to see how he/she defeats what he/she values.
- Celebrate successful attainment of short-term goals and build on success.
Visible Thinking Strategies
Visible Thinking is a flexible and systematic research-based approach to integrating the development of students' thinking with content learning across subject matters. An extensive and adaptable collection of practices, Visible Thinking has a double goal: on the one hand, to cultivate students' thinking skills and dispositions, and, on the otehr to deepen content learning. Bythinking dispositions, we eman curiosity, concern for truth and understanding, a creative mindset, not just been skilled but also alert to thinking and learning opportunities and eager to take them.
Byrdseed GiftedByrdseed is a place dedicated to differentiating instruction for high-level learners, written by an educator. Learn new ideas, share what you know, and grow as an educator.
Colorado Association for the Gifted and TalentedCAGT Mission Statement It is our belief that all humans have an inherent right to develop their full potential. The purpose of the Colorado Association for Gifted and Talented is to foster an understanding of all gifted children and their exceptional needs, and to advocate for appropriate education through partnerships with educators, parents, administrators, legislators, and the general public.
Colorado Department of EducationBesides a vast amount of information about education in Colorado, one important link on this page is SchoolView; a portal for changing conversations about how our students learn and how our schools perform. Check out how the gifted student population in WCSD 6 and each individual school is performing on CSAP.
Hoagies' Gifted Education Page
Gifted children in your classroom? Gifted kids in your home? Hoagies' Gifted Education Page will help you. You are not alone!
Welcome to Hoagies' Gifted Education Page, the all-things-gifted site, full of resources, articles, books and links to help and support parents, teachers, and gifted children alike. Pick your entrance, but explore them all!
National Association for Gifted ChildrenSupports the needs of high potential learners.
National Council of Virtual ManipulativesThe National Library of Virtual Manipulatives (NLVM) is an NSF supported project that began in 1999 to develop a library of uniquely interactive, web-based virtual manipulatives or concept tutorials, mostly in the form of Java applets, for mathematics instruction (K-12 emphasis). The project includes dissemination and extensive internal and external evaluation.
The Association for the GiftedThe Association for the Gifted (TAG) was organized as a division of The Council for Exceptional Children in 1958. TAG plays a major part in helping both professionals and parents work more effectively with one of our most precious resources: the gifted child.
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